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Department of History & Geography

History and geography are central to a rich, immersive liberal arts education. At CSU, you’ll develop a deeper appreciation for the past, understand how the past influences the present, and make important connections between geography and human history.

The department offers one graduate, two undergraduate, and four certificate programs. Each is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and technical skill. At CSU, you’ll collaborate with professional geographers and learn how to apply geographic information system (GIS) technology to historical research.

We believe the best education happens inside – and outside – the classroom. As a student, you’ll have access to internship opportunities with the Columbus Museum, the Carter Center, the Roosevelt Institute, the Andersonville National Historic Site, and many others.

  About Us

Our instructors are working professionals – active in the fields of military history, globalization and economics, geography, GIS technology, and more. We share our passion for the liberal arts with students through individual mentorships, hands-on learning opportunities, and guided research projects.

Established by department faculty, the Columbus Community Geography Center (CCGC) provides a unique service-learning opportunity for history and geography majors. The Center applies geographical thinking to creatively address community issues such as economic development, food accessibility, and neighborhood revitalization. Students and community members are empowered to use maps, spatial analyses, and other geographical and historical tools to build a more equitable society.

What We Do

Dr. Bryan Banks

Dr. Bryan Banks

The Age of Revolutions combined great creative potential with devastating violence. Revolutionaries upended certain social inequalities while preserving others. In Dr. Banks‘s HIST 5100: Age of Revolutions class, students compare and contrast the American, French, Haitian, and Latin American Revolutions and explore the ways that issues of gender, religion, class, race, and empire shaped the goals of revolutionaries.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Juli Yoder

Juli Yoder '14

“My experience at CSU was wonderful. I was a student athlete on the rifle team, so my schedule was always complicated, and my teachers/advisors were always accommodating and understanding.  The professors were all very knowledgeable in their subjects and encouraging.

In [my current job with] Henry County, I write technical staff reports for rezonings, conditional uses, and other similar applications. I also review business licenses, sign applications, and handle special event applications for events such as 5ks and filming. Another big portion of my job with Henry County includes presenting cases before the Zoning Advisory Board and Board of Commissioners monthly.”